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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 243
CYRIL Walker reached the high point of his career this week 93 years ago. The English-born Walker won the 1924 US Open Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club, defeating the legendary Bobby Jones by three strokes. But rather than being recalled for his US Open triumph and his six American Tour wins, he was better known throughout his career for his embarrassing pace of play and stubborn mindedness. Both of which resulted in his disqualification and ‘arrest’ from the 1929 Los Angeles Open held at Riviera Country Club. In an era when the pairings for a day’s play at a tournament were not seeded, Walker was usually paired in the final group or with a marker so he didn’t hold other players up. By the time Walker reached the 5th hole in the final round, he was so far behind the group in front that tournament officials requested two police officers to give Walker an order to “speed up” his pace of play. Walker bluntly refused, saying he was a major champion and could play as slow as he wanted. In fact, Walker started playing slower, which irritated the tournament officials to the point of no return. Their next move was to send police officers out to remove him from the golf course, which they did. From that day, Walker’s reputation preceded him and his career went into decline. He was left penniless in 1930 after a bad real estate investment. In 1937, The Eugene Register newspaper reported he had returned to the caddie ranks and was working at a driving range at a Florida golf club. Walker was working as a dishwasher when he passed-away in 1948. His body was found not far from his home in New Jersey near the outside wall of a prison. Guards found his body while making their morning rounds. E it happened this week in... 1924 • The Australian pavilion at the Empire Exhibition at Wembley in London is rushed by patrons looking for food. The record crowds caught organisers short of food and visitors turned to Aussie apples to satisfy their hunger. More than 200,000 apples, weighing 18 tons, were sold during the exhibit. • Austrian Chancellor Dr Seipel is shot and seriously wounded by a would- be assassin in Vienna. The chancellor survived the shot through his lung, but the shooter died when he turned the gun on himself. • England’s Ernest Holderness wins the British Amateur for the second time in three years, defeating E.F Storey 3 & 2 at St Andrews. Also making news this week in 1924 SUPER SLOW CYRIL WINS US OPEN WORDS BY BRENDAN JAMES WALKER, PICTURED FAR RIGHT, WAS RENOWNED FOR HIS SLOW PLAY.
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